UP polls on mind, Maya eyes Muslim votes

With an eye on the upcoming state Assembly polls, Mayawati said that 27 % quota for OBCs should be increased by making a constitutional amendment.

Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Lucknow: With eyes on upcoming 2012 state Assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that 27 percent quota of OBC should be increased by making constitutional amendment if backward Muslims are included in it.

"BSP government favours quota for Muslims. The Centre should amend the constitution and increase 27 per cent quota of OBCs to include Muslims in it. Our party will support it,"
she said.

Addressing a `Muslim, Kshatriya and Vaishya Mahasammelan meeting`, Mayawati said Muslims had considered Congress their benefactor but the party had "betrayed them".

In order to woo the Muslim community, Mayawati said that riots took place in Mooradabad and Meerut during Congress regime, but BSP has ensured that no such unfortunate incidents take place. Further hitting out at the Congress, the BSP supremo said that Muslims have not been empowered during Congress rule.

She also condemned association of the community with terrorists. Terrorists did not have any caste and associating them with a particular community was wrong, she added.

Mayawati accused the Congress of being soft towards the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She said organizations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal had become "quite active" in the country.

The BSP chief condemned the Babri mosque demolition at Ayodhya in December 1992. "The Dec 6 incident, the more it is condemned, it will not be enough," Mayawati said.

The UP CM also said that the Congress party has "lost its mental balance" due to which it sees "elephant" eating money, in a rebuff to Rahul Gandhi`s remarks that an "elephant"(BSP poll symbol) in Lucknow was eating away all the money sent by the Centre for the poor in UP.

Addressing a huge gathering here, Mayawati also took pot shots at Samajwadi Party saying that traders were fed up during its rule in 2007. She also said that extortionists had a field day during Mulayam Singh’s rule. The CM added that while her government had taken several steps for welfare of Muslims, the SP had virtually no achievements to its credit.

Anticipating announcement of dates for UP assembly polls soon, Mayawati told her supporters that they will not be able to celebrate her birthday falling on January 15 in a grand way and helping poor as they used to do in previous years.

"Hence celebrate birthday privately, for which I thank you in advance. I would ask you to gift me UP`s power once again. Victory with absolute majority in assembly polls would
be the best gift," she added.

With PTI inputs